Womens Cricket

Cricket SA launches professional domestic women's league

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has recently introduced a new Professional Domestic Women's League, marking a significant advancement for women's sports in the country during the prosperous year of 2023.

Earlier this year, the Proteas women's cricket team reached the T20 World Cup final against Australia at Newlands in Cape Town, displaying their prowess on the global stage. Meanwhile, Banyana Banyana made a strong impression at the Women's World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, progressing to the round of 16. Simultaneously, the Proteas netball team competed in the Netball World Cup, securing a commendable sixth-place finish in Cape Town.

In alignment with the triumphs of the Proteas women's cricket team, CSA has unveiled a Professional Domestic Women's League with the intention of further nurturing the sport within the nation. This innovative structure is rooted in local talent, with a focus on the most exceptional domestic players South Africa has to offer. The league is supported by enhanced coaching and medical departments, underscoring CSA's commitment to fostering cricketing growth. The Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture (DSAC) has contributed a substantial investment of R15 million over three years to bolster this initiative.

The league encompasses two major tournaments: the CSA Women's One Day Cup and the CSA Women's T20 Challenge. Notably, the women's cricket landscape is undergoing significant enhancements. In the Top Six Division 1, the number of permanent contracts per team will rise from six to 11 players. Furthermore, there will be a fortified and consistent coaching setup consisting of both a head coach and an assistant coach. A centralized system will also be in place to cater to each team's physiotherapists and strength and conditioning coaches.

To amplify motivation among players and participating teams in the first division, which includes reigning champions such as the Lions and Western Province, as well as contenders like the Titans, Dolphins, Garden Route Badgers, and newcomers Free State, CSA has introduced a pooled prize money for the eventual champions of the forthcoming season.

Expressing enthusiasm about this groundbreaking initiative, CSA's CEO Pholetsi Moseki stated, "We are thrilled to unveil the Professional Women's Cricket League, an initiative that celebrates the remarkable achievements of our national women's cricket team and paves the way for an even brighter future." Moseki further emphasized that the professionalization of the women's domestic structure aims to create a platform for local talent to shine, fostering excellence in sports culture and inspiring future generations of players.

Moseki invited brands to continue their support for women's cricket, acknowledging the league's potential to redefine the narrative around women in sports in South Africa. The professionalization of the women's domestic structure has garnered positive responses from fans, players, and sponsors alike, contributing to an environment that champions growth, resilience, and a profound passion for the sport.